If you think the only way to a green home is to tear it down and start over, stop! The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) just released REGREEN, the nation’s first green residential guidelines. Organized according to the most common renovation projects, the REGREEN guidelines offer both contractors and homeowners the knowledge and resources to make renovations eco-friendly.

Inspired to get green? No need to rip out your entire kitchen. Go ahead, start small, says Michelle Moore, senior vice president of USGBC. “Weatherization projects can save energy and lower your utility bills, which also reduce your carbon footprint. Similarly, choosing low-VOC paints, flooring and adhesives eliminates bad-smelling toxins and creates a healthier home.”

Find the guidelines at regreenprogram.org or thegreenhomeguide.org